Write Thoughts (3): Writing Contest

I know everyone is deeply immersed in the NaNoWriMo challenge (I'm failing miserably at it BTW but that a whole 'nother blog topic) however, there is another writing challenge in association with National Writing Project being judged by Junot Díaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao and Drown. Mr. Diaz has a great way of creating a strong voice with his characters. This contest is called:

Creating the Voice: Narrative Voice Contest with Junot Díaz
choose a topic below, narrative should be no more than 1,000 words in length

First Person:Without naming or describing your narrator, write a story in which you make the narrator’s age, personality, and philosophy/outlook on life evident through his or her voice.

Second Person:Write a story about an ordinary day in the life of an extraordinary person, such as the president, supermodel, or a homeless boy. Narrate the story entirely in the second person.

Third Person:
Write a story in which you describe a person using only attributes generally considered negative (for example a character who is usually late, sloppy, and mean), but through the voice of your narrator, make that character likable.

Entry details here. Contest ends November 30th. Finalists will receive signed copies of Díaz’s books and the winner will receive a special Oscar Wao prize pack. So for those who aren't participating in NaNoWriMo this month or those banging their head against the wall (like me) and just needing a break, check out this contest. Happy Writing!

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